Jesus made the children’s day by showing His love for them, touching them, taking them in His arms, laying His hands on them and blessing them. We who follow Jesus show our love for our children and grandchildren and one another in the same way.
13 They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them. 14 But when Yeshua saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these. 15 Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” 16 He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10:13-16
Visualize that. Those children must have had a spiritual glow on them the rest of their lives, “for God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Surly they were among those who repented and believed on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
Jesus also commend the little children in front of the multitude, including the Pharisees and His disciples. He taught them and us little children exemplify the character traits of heirs of the kingdom of God.
In the proper relation of a child toward his parents, all self-consciousness, all. forwardness, all arrogance is absent. Instead, there is a simple, unswerving belief in the truthfulness, in the ability, and in the care of the parents. This same condition of mind and heart is necessary in disciples of Christ if they wish to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Krezmann Mt 19
Just prior to that, Jesus taught His disciples and us we must have child-like disposition and character in order to enter the kingdom of God.
1 In that hour the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2 Yeshua called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them 3 and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a huge millstone were hung around his neck and that he were sunk in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:2-6 Cf. Mk 9:34-37; Mk 10:15; Lk 18:17; 1Co 14:20; 1Pt 2:2
All Scripture quoted is from the World Messianic Bible.